The police on Sunday registered two separate murder cases against three persons. Among the accused, one was booked for the alleged murder of his wife and the other two booked for allegedly murdering a relative over a land dispute.
The police also converted Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after 14 months in the murder of 35- year-old woman Anwari Begum.
According to the police, in the case of murder regarding a land dispute, one identified as Baldev Singh, allegedly hit deceased Mahinder Singh (70) with a stick on his head during an argument over a piece of land which turned serious.
Mahinder Singh was admitted to the civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. On a complaint filed by his wife Sawaran Kaur, cops registered a case of murder under Section 302 and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC against Sahib Singh and Baldev Singh, residents of Gobind Nagar, Kajala Road, Samana.
In the other case, cops registered a case of murder after a year on a complaint filed by a relative of deceased Anwari Begum (35), who died under mysterious circumstance on August 28, 2013, when the police took action under Section 174 of the CrPc.
Police sources said the above-mentioned case was under Section 174 of the CrPc but after the post-mortem report and consultation from a legal adviser to the victim's family, the deceased's father Hakam Ali again filed a complaint on March 14, 2014 against his son-in-law Yusuf Ali.
During the preliminary investigation, the police had found that Anwari Begum died of choking. The police have registered a case of murder under Section 302 against the husband of the deceased, who is a resident of Salmabad in Haryana. The police also confirmed that no arrest had been made in this case so far.